Penfolds' Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz is one of the best reds I have recently tasted. It has a lovely medium body, with a great blend of pepper and fruit. It goes perfectly with beef, but would also pair nicely with lamb, game or duck.
Penfolds Wines is one of Australia's most distinctive brands. Penfolds vines have been producing fine South Australian wines since 1844.
Unlike the rest of Australia, South Australia was a planned British Settlement (not a convict settlement). It was first settled in 1836. Eight years later, Penfolds' first vineyard was established to supply doctor Penfold's medical practice with fortified wines.
I tasted the 2002 and 2004 vintages of the Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz. The similarity was too great for me to distinguish (although if I was forced to choose a favorite, it would be the 2004 version).
As I mentioned above, this wine is medium bodied. I found this refreshing as often shiraz is pretty intense. The wine is matured in French oak which is present in the aroma. The acidity was enough to make your mouth water without becoming overbearing. The tones were of spices, dark berries -- especially juniper -- and olives.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this wine and will soon be enjoying it again.